Chargers won’t use tag on Jackson this year
The San Diego Chargers say they will not use the franchise tag
The Chargers tagged wide receiver Vincent Jackson last year. But
the franchise designation would have required the team to offer the
seven-year veteran a contract at 120 percent of last year’s figure.
That would have carried a salary-cap figure of about $13.7
Free agency begins March 13.
General manager A.J. Smith says the team would like to keep
Jackson ”but other teams now will enter the picture.”
The Chargers also released defensive end Luis Castillo, a 2005
first-round pick who started 79 games. He had 19 sacks and 43
tackles for loss.
Castillo injured his tibia in the 2011 opener and missed the
rest of the season.